Members’ Books

Selection of Members’ Books

At Port Writers, we celebrate our members’ achievements, whether they’ve written their first line, their first book, or a new book.

Here is a sample of works available to please everyone. Purchase details noted with each publication.

Living Lines Are Never Straight

Barbara Orlowska-Westwood’s latest publication. Cover by

If you love poetry then you’ll enjoy this collection.

Barbara partners her pen with delightful artwork to appeal to the senses.

In Barbara’s typical lyrical form she creates beauty from words and her engagement with the world around her.

These are poems of very thoughtful observation. Glimpses of the natural world …..’. Brian Edwards

Barbara is an accomplished and published poet.

Books available from BookPod Publishing or BookFace Port Macquarie. (ISBN 978-0-6489700-0-2)

Saving Hollow Woods

Wendy Haynes’ latest book for 8-12 year-olds.

Why is there a door in a tree trunk?

Twelve-year-old orphans Gertrude and Tristan find themselves on a train heading for the countryside to live on a farm where they discover a hidden door deep in the woods – life on the farm soon takes a twist. Once through the door, they find themselves in Hollow Woods the land of the Elves. Strange things start to happen which threaten the very existence of Hollow Woods. Can Gertrude and Tristan help save Hollow Woods from the Evil High Elf Folmar?

Join Gertrude and Tristan and unusual friends on a journey of new beginnings, discovery, believing anything is possible, 

Available from Inprint Publishing

Hayden’s Bedtime

Written by Wendy Haynes: Illustrated by Brett Curzon

For children aged three to six years. 

Hayden begs his dad to check not just under his bed but behind his door, inside his cupboard and in his drawer to allay his fears about the legendary ‘monster under the bed’. 

Available from Inprint Publishing, Book Face, Port Macquarie and online bookstores.

Still Voices

Book Still voices

Memoir by Rita Spencer

‘Still Voices’ tells the story of a family through five generations that locates them firmly within their historical context.  Rita fills the gaps between known and unknown, puts flesh and blood on the bare bones of the facts and enlivens her characters.

For writers interested in bringing facts to life without compromising the integrity of the facts themselves, it is an invaluable read; a study in how to avoid the ever-threatening stodginess of factual narrative. Whether it’s the interactive author directly addressing ancestors, reflecting with the reader, telling amusing tales of the genealogy search itself or heart-warming personal reactions to her discoveries, this work is engaging and entertaining.  Included are poems and pieces of fiction where facts always lurk.  The creative genre is used to enliven what is a 216 page, academically sound piece of research, all catalogued in fourteen pages of bibliography. Still Voices has also been beautifully produced with full colour throughout and an alluring cover design.

Rita can be contacted on 0428 656 271

Weird and Wonderful

Weird and Wonderful book cover

A recent work by the inimitable Bessie Jennings.

A marvellous book of verse containing black & white illustrations with a cover in colour featuring father emu wearing a ‘MR MUM’ label. Several of the verses – about ‘weird’ Australians – are animals, including the award-winning MYRTLE THE TURTLE – and would appeal to children. Others are about ‘wonderful’ Australians, e.g. award-winning IN THE SLEEPER-CUTTING DAYS  and NAMES ON THE CENOTAPH.

Verses for all ages.

Bessie can be contacted on 6583 5255 or 0419 482 828.

$5/copy or $6 posted.

The Improbable Adventures and Exploits of Mabel Hawkins (deceased)

Geoff Collins BookWritten by Geoff Collins

Saint Peter is at the end of his tether and it’s all because of a dysfunctional trainee angel by the name of Mabel Hawkins. The spirit is not only spectacularly accident prone but cheerfully unrepentant for any of the disasters she creates.

A rollicking good read.